“JOCKEY” – A HEARTFELT LOOK AT A LITTLE KNOWN WAY OF LIFE
History: Jackson spent most of his life as a jockey. But when a triple crown of health problems, a promising horse and a young man who says Jackson is his father shake his world, he needs to understand what his life will be – and his legacy.
Genre I would put it in: Dramas That are so Realistic that They look like documentaries
Release Date: Sundance 2021, Halls 2022
Remake, sequel, based on or original: Based on the lives of actual jockeys.
I have to say: here in Baltimore, Pimlico is just a stone’s throw away. But how many of us in this city really know the world of professional horses and horse racing, not to mention the people who ride these thoroughbreds, beyond the preakness race during the triple crown season? Certainly not me, at least until now. Jockey is a film about a piece of life that deals with a lifestyle that most of us don’t know about; the life of a professional jockey. And I’m amazed.
Like Jackson, Clifton Collins Jr. A book that many call the “achievement of a lifetime”. I agree; it delivers a discreet performance that nevertheless catches your attention and doesn’t let go of anything until the end credits. Jackson de Collins and Gabriel de Moises Aria have a believable on-screen chemistry as they action it out over the possibilities of family and/or professional relationships. And as Jackson’s horse trainer/best friend Ruth, Molly Parker turns out to be another performer that people never seem to recognize unless she’s standing right in front of them. She corresponds to the calm but strong presence of Collins, both effortlessly give air. And those performances, with real-life jockeys as part of the supporting cast, gave me serious Nomadland vibes. It’s a story that gives the feeling of taking a peek at someone’s privacy rather than watching the fiction.
Watching Jackson train young Gabriel is fascinating. And so that you do not think that this is just a big training session, designed to inflate the audience? Jockey looks deeper and discovers the serious and deadly problems these athletes can face. Anyone who thinks that the jockeys are “sitting on the butt while the horse is doing the work” is really misinformed. Gabriel faces realistic health problems – accumulated over the years – that hinder his ability to run at the most efficient level. Weight he needs to lose in order to be able to roll, with larger jockeys having to drop to the same amount of weight in order to be competitive, seriously health-issue themselves because they have “no padding “. Eating disorders are a big problem in the horse racing community, causing even more health problems for these athletes.
Jockey addresses all these questions in his main story, which does not take away either blows or attempts by maudlin to pull the heart. A scene where a group of jockeys – most of whom are jockeys in real life – get together and talk about their wounds, and that’s terrible. And they just talk about all this as the nature of doing business in their profession, like an office jockey would look at a faulty printer. This world is laid bare, and you are invited to draw your own conclusions from the information given.
These athletes work their butts for very little financial gain. Just the love of riding, and the opportunity to be one of the few to make things big. I hope that this film will bring these people to light and that they will finally get a solid retirement plan and a reduction in the income that they so richly deserve.